David P. Waddilove

David P. Waddilove

Associate Professor of Law

Office: 1190 Eck Hall of Law
Phone: 574-631-0674
Email: waddilove@nd.edu
Staff Assistant: Kristina Kusisto
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Professor D.P. Waddilove is a legal historian of early-modern England with special interest in equity and the Court of Chancery. His research considers the development of the law of property and finance in relation to social and economic realities in history. Before joining the faculty of Notre Dame Law School in 2019, he was a fellow of St. Catharine’s College Cambridge, and a fellow in private law at Harvard Law School. He also clerked for the Hon. Morris S. Arnold of the United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit and practiced commercial litigation.

Waddilove earned his Ph.D. in English legal history from the University of Cambridge, a J.D. magna cum laude from the University of Michigan, an M.A.R. with concentration in Theology from Yale University, and B.A. and M.A. in Theology and Religious Studies from the University of Cambridge.

Courses Taught

  • Law 60906 Property
  • Law 70103 Secured Transactions
  • Law 73204 Private Law Workshop


The “Mendacious” Common-Law Mortgage, 107 KY. L.J. 425 (2019)

Why the Equity of Redemption?, in LAND AND CREDIT: MORTGAGES AND ANNUITIES IN THE MEDIEVAL AND EARLY MODERN EUROPEAN COUNTRYSIDE (C.D. Briggs & Jaco Zuijderduijn eds., Palgrave Macmillan, 2018)

Emmanuel College v. Evans (1626) and the History of Mortgages, 73 CAMBRIDGE L.J. 142 (2014)

Areas of Expertise

  • English Legal History
  • Property
  • Contracts
  • Equity
  • Private Law Theory